Hannah Byrne

Hannah Byrne

Research Interest


Hannah is a PhD student at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. She is co-advised by Jason Smerdon and Richard Seager.

Hannah graduated with a B.A. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard University in 2018. Her senior thesis comprised a numerical simulation of the famous experiment in earthquake control at Rangely, Colorado. This work provided insights into the phenomenon of induced seismicity and enabled a more detailed characterisation of the mechanics of this sequence of earthquakes than had previously been possible. Hannah's graduate study interests include ocean-atmosphere interactions and long-term climate variability spanning from paleo to future states.

Before commencing her graduate studies, Hannah worked in strategy consulting and agricultural technology, which included launching a sustainability program focused in part on the climate impacts of food production and disparities in access to fresh produce. As part of her PhD, she is interested in applying a deeper understanding of climate and climate change to pressing issues surrounding food security.

Outside of her research, Hannah loves bouldering, drawing and has recently started exploring film photography.


B.A. Harvard University